Take Two for November 15, 2012

Does California have the highest poverty rate?

A man holding an unfinished note for beg

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A man holding an unfinished note for begging which reads "Like to see my family for..." receives a $5.00 note from the driver of a vehicle stopped at a red light in Hollywood, California on December 16, 2011.

According to a new measure of wealth in the United States, nearly nine million Californians, about a quarter of state residents, live in poverty.  If the new figure is correct, that would make California the state with the highest poverty rate in the country.  

U.S. Census Bureau Supplemental Poverty Measure


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